Today we visited the labor and delivery floors at a private hospital with a midwife. You can view all the photos if you like. Did you notice I say the L&D floors – as in plural?  The private hospital has two pay levels for birth.  You can have a private room or a semi-private.  A private room is very similar to giving birth in the United States.  One woman to a room, and you give birth in the labor room.  The semi-private is duplex (two women) labor rooms, a separate delivery room and then recovery areas which are side areas on the floor with four areas partitionedRead More →

We have been able to spend a bit of time over the last few days with a doula right here in Nairobi. She is an American who has lived in Kenya for over ten years. The conversation has been both entertaining and enlightening. It seems the doulas of Nairobi have the impression that the doula movement in the USA is very coordinated and accepted. Imagine her surprise as we discussed the various competing groups not only for the right to call someone a certified doula, but also for the right to decide what a doula is and what she can do. She did not realizeRead More →

We spent Sunday morning at a local Masai market–a staple for visitors to Nairobi, lunched with a new friend and then headed to the airport. One of our bags had been left behind in Amsterdam, and our efforts to contact the airline to locate the bag had been fruitless. At the advice of a friend, we decided to show up and hope the bag had arrived. We found the bag quickly and headed back to the retreat center. The missing bag contained everything Tammy had brought for the training. You can imagine her relief at receiving it. We took the time to go through theRead More →